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Old 10-08-2012, 05:10 AM
 
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The thought of charging for unfiltered cabin air hasn't occurred to them yet. Don't hold your breath.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:12 AM
 
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What I have heard (and researched) is that those who are the last to check in are the first to be bumped from a flight.

This from Independenttraveler.com:


From Airfarewatchdog.com:


From another site:


I guess I'll find out today.

Also, I don't know how much of a "frequent flier" one needs to be. I fly Delta about twice a year - probably not enough to qualify as a frequent flier. I fly about 6 times a year but of course that's not always on Delta.
Typically the check-in process includes getting a seat assignment as far as the airlines are concerned. You might have "checked in" but without a seat assignment, if the seats are all gone, you'll be the one left behind if the flight is oversold--unless you've got decent level FF status.

The Airfarewatchdog.com info is out-of-date. That's what's called a "back up" and the carriers have stopped doing that. Some never did it to begin with.

If you can't qualify for status, you aren't a "frequent flyer."
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Typically the check-in process includes getting a seat assignment as far as the airlines are concerned. You might have "checked in" but without a seat assignment, if the seats are all gone, you'll be the one left behind if the flight is oversold--unless you've got decent level FF status.

The Airfarewatchdog.com info is out-of-date. That's what's called a "back up" and the carriers have stopped doing that. Some never did it to begin with.

If you can't qualify for status, you aren't a "frequent flyer."
No troubles on my trip. I was assured the moment I got to the airport that there would be no "bumping" me, since I had checked in 24 hours in advance and showed up an hour before the flight took off. In fact, the Delta personnel at the gate told me "confidentially" ("I never told you this - wink wink") that they are just waiting to see who would PAY for a seat - it's a money maker. But checking in early is what keeps one from getting bumped. They said that I would not get a specific seat ASSIGNED to me till about fifteen minutes before boarding - which is exactly what happened.

By the way, both flights were completely full, and on both flights, some customers were bumped - I believe voluntarily, since it is a fairly common practice for some people to actually TRY to get bumped for financial gain. To each his own.

Just giving you feedback on my own personal experience with Delta.

As for being a "frequent flier," since my family and vacation destinations are all over the world, I don't limit my flying to one or two specific carriers - it's not cost efficient and therefore definitely NOT worth the "effort" to get a "status" from one or two carriers when I may be able to get a ticket for hundreds of dollars less by shopping around.

I fly about six times a year - sometimes more, that's a minimum. I've done so for years. Never been bumped.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I've never tried to get bumped on purpose but in 2003/04(?) my dh and I were flying back home to Scotland from the US, so it was either Jan 1st of 2nd. Flight was overbooked and they asked for volunteers to fly the next day. Since they gave us $400 each (a check which we cashed in the airport), moved us to business class, paid for our overnight hotel, and gave us food vouchers, you can bet we took it!

The airline was US Airways.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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Just booked a flight on Delta a couple of weeks ago. The flight is on a "puddle jumper" so there's no such thing as a great seat - you either have aisle or window and everyone is going to be cramped!

I noticed when I booked the flight that the option to choose my seat was not available.

Today when I was checking in online, Delta prompted me to choose a seat. Amazingly (not), there were only aisle and window seats available - because that's the only seat type on that plane.

Imagine my surprise when I noticed that aisle and window seats are "preferred seating options" with a $9 "upgrade" fee. WHAT THE HECK!

So - I didn't choose a seat. I mean, I was born at night but not last night, baby.

I got a message saying I would receive my seat assignment at the gate. Yay for me!

I wondered if anyone else had experienced this and if there are any negative ramifications for NOT choosing a seat - if the seat choice doesn't matter to you? I mean, there were only four seats left and all of them were either aisle or window. I am checking in five minutes after I got the notification, so I shouldn't be "bumped."

I am curious about this new "option" - and this new fee.

By the way, it's a connecting flight. When I booked the trip, I was able to choose my first flight's seating assignment at no extra charge.

Interesting...
I flew an airline in Australia once and I had to pay $20 for a seat. I didn't get to choose where it was and it wouldn't let me book unless I chose a seat. It was the strangest thing.

Delta is in the same boat as many other carriers. Raising fares is looked upon negatively. They'd rather raise fees instead -- and then give some lame justification on what they fees actually mean.

If you have a boarding pass, are a paying passenger, and are at the gate, then the gate agent should issue a seat. People have been bumped off for stranger things, though. Trust me.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:18 AM
 
Location: Striving for Avalon
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I was thinking Spirit.

At least with the legacies if there are ir ops they'll interline. Not so with the rest of them. Spirit, Allegiant, etc.--if your flight is cancelled, too bad--even if they only fly that route 2x a week.
Sounds like I've found a fellow flyertalker.
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